The Movie: Lost in Translation
It is easy to understand why this movie achieved so many nominations for both Academy Awards and Baftas. It is a gentle and subtle movie, exploring relationships, new and old, with plenty of humor thrown in. The humor comes from the ‘lost in translation’ parts with Bill Murray (Bob), using his deadpan humor like only he can. Bob, an actor who has very little work, has taken to appearing in advertisements, and this one for Suntory whiskey finds him in Tokyo, and struggling with the director to find a balance within the translation of the ad script.
The relationships focus on that of Scarlett Johanssen (Charlotte) and her husband, a successful photographer who puts everything in his life before her, leaving her lonely and depressed – enter Bob, with whom she strikes up a friendship, based in and around the hotel bar. The relationship develops, but neither can bring themselves to take it much further.
The Japanese location coupled with the translation problems encountered, brilliantly acted by Murray make this a very atmospheric film. Whilst not a romcom, the subtlety of the relationships and ‘will she, won’t she’ through the movie makes it easy to understand why this was a box office hit.
Available on: Apple iTunes, Google Play, and Netflix (DVD only)
The Menu: Teriyaki Salmon
This teriyaki salmon recipe is on the table in five simple steps. Perfect for a quick weeknight supper.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
- 2 salmon fillets, boneless but with skin on
- 5tbsp dark soy sauce
- Zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1 small chilli
- 2½tbsp maple syrup
- 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1inch piece of ginger, peeled finely chopped
- 6-8oz noodles of your choice
- Bunch of coriander, roughly chopped
- 1tbsp sesame oil
- Extra lime juice (optional)
- Gently fry the ginger, garlic and chopped chilli in a pan over a medium heat. Do not allow to burn as the ginger and garlic will become bitter.
- Pour in the soy sauce, maple syrup and juice and zest of the lime, stirring as you go to prevent burning. Cook until the sauce becomes thick and sticky.
- In a separate griddle pan, fry the two pieces of salmon (skin side down first to get a nice and crispy finish) for 2-3 minutes each side.
- When the teriyaki sauce is thick and sticky, add the salmon and coat with the sauce.
- Cook and drain the noodles, toss in sesame oil, seasoning and coriander and a squeeze of lime.
- Serve the salmon on top of the noodles with more chopped coriander and more lime if you like it less sweet.